Just seven miracles of Jesus!!?? Okay, I have to ask forgiveness – Jesus, I am sorry for putting you in a box and giving any appearances that all you did was seven miracles in the Book of John! This is in response to a comment on the post of Seven Miracles in John. The writer pointed out John 2:18 +19 and called it miracle number eight. His spirit is correct and we call it the Greatest Miracle.
Why do we only talk about seven? No idea! John does point out the first (2:11) and second (4:54) and points out other miraculous signs but he does not number them. In 20: 30+31, John says Jesus did other miraculous signs so that we will believe and in 21:25 John says – “many other things”. My best guess on “seven” is that is the number associated with completion (day God rested from creating). This will seem strange but what else is new! I use a 1990 copyright NIV Bible, the newer versions and even the KJV is different. Which is “correct”? In my Bible, the NIV was much freer in the use of the word “miraculous”. In other copywrites, they just use the word “signs”. If you look in the Strong’s the term signs carries the unspoken idea of miraculous.
John was proving that Jesus was God/had His approval, etc. I am going to list the use of the miracle or miraculous in between the “seven” miracles, and I did do a post called Plus One which will not be listed because of the wording.
These are the Seven Miracles.
* Turning water into wine in Cana (2:1-11)
2:18+19 – The greatest miracle
2:23 – people believing in His name because of miracles
3:2 – Nicodemus
* Healing an official’s son in Capernaum (4:46-54)
4:48 – Jesus on the Jews needing signs
* Healing an invalid at the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem (5:1-18)
* Feeding the 5,000 near the Sea of Galilee (6:5-14)
6:2 – people followed Jesus because of miracles, vs 14 the people talking about Jesus
6:26 and 30 Jesus exposing the crowd for wanting free food and they wanted another sign
* Walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee (6:16-21)
7:3 – His brothers acknowledge He does miracles and mocking Jesus.
7:21 – Jesus to the crowd about one miracle, 31 – the crowd knowing about the “Christ” showing signs.
* Healing a blind man in Jerusalem (9:1-7)
9:16 – Pharisees saying how a sinner could not do these miracles.
10:25,31,38 Jesus tells them to believe the miracles because He gave glory to God.
10:41 – John never did miracles
* Raising dead Lazarus in Bethany (11:1-45)
11:47 – the Pharisees talking about Jesus’ miracles and that He must be stopped
12:18 – refers to Lazarus
12:37 – they would not believe in Jesus
15:24 – the miracles will condemn them
20:30 – other miracles
I think John made his point about Jesus! For a full picture, we would need to place all of the other miracles from the other Gospels into this list. To answer a question of how did John know what the Pharisees talked about – many of them did believe and followed the Way (Acts 21: 20) and Nicodemus.